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Air India intends to increase the fleet size by an additional 30 aircraft.

Air India intends to increase the fleet size by an additional 30 aircraft. #AirIndia #India

How one announcement made by Air India captures global interest & The significance for aviation.

For new operations, Air India, the New Tata venture, plans to add 30 more aircraft from the leasing partner for use on both local and international routes.

The issue with Air India’s old and subpar cabin decor and the hefty fleet is now being resolved by its new owner.
As Tata is aware of the ideas and goals for restoring the fleet structure, two things are crucial for every airline: services and product quality..

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Additionally, it should be emphasized that airlines have yet to comment on any additional aircraft orders. As many industry analysts claim, Air India is studying the new approach to structure its aircraft fleet and would make plans depending on the operation and requirements.

“Air India is happy to resume expanding its fleet and worldwide reach after a long period without significant growth,” stated Air India Chief Executive Campbell Wilson.

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These new aircraft, along with those already in operation that are being put back in service, “meet an immediate demand for increased capacity and connection and signal a substantial step forward.”

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In a statement, the airline stated that it currently operated 54 narrow-body aircraft and 33 wide-body aircraft and added that more was anticipated to enter service soon.

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Wilson explained that the addition of new aircraft will represent the first significant fleet enlargement since the Indian government sold shares of Air India to Tata Group. In order to accommodate the rise in passenger demand for air travel during the pandemic, 16 long-grounded airline jets will be gradually taken from storage in addition to the delivery of new aircraft.

The four A321s are anticipated to arrive in the first quarter of 2023, according to Air India. The carrier stated that the 21 A320s should be delivered in the second part of 2023. The aircraft will operate on select short-haul international routes as well as domestic carrier flights. Currently, Air India has a mixed fleet of 70 aircraft, including 43 wide-body and 70 narrow-body models.

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No region operations with fewer seat segments are planned for Air India. If it works, it will probably change the game for modern aircraft like the A220 and E195. 140 seats would be filled by these aircraft, filling a demand gap.

How Embraer E195 will be the best fit for Air India.

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Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

Ex-Cathay Pacific A330-300 Destroyed by Fire during Long-Term Storage at Spain

In a dramatic turn of events, an ex-Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 met a fiery end at Ciudad Real Airport in Spain. The aircraft, with a distinguished service history spanning 28 years, was resting in long-term storage at the airport when disaster struck.

Reports emerged detailing the unfortunate incident, painting a picture of destruction and chaos. The once majestic A330, bearing the serial number MSN113, became engulfed in flames while undergoing dismantling procedures. What began as a routine process turned into a nightmare as a fire erupted in the aircraft’s tail section, quickly spreading to consume the entire fuselage.

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Emergency responders, including the Civil Guard, medical teams, and law enforcement personnel, swiftly descended upon the scene to contain the inferno. Despite the intensity of the blaze, their coordinated efforts prevented any injuries among both the public and the brave individuals working to quell the flames.

By mid-afternoon, the Ciudad Real fire service declared victory over the fire, announcing its successful extinguishment. However, the aftermath left behind a trail of questions and concerns. Authorities launched an investigation into the cause of the blaze, with initial findings shrouded in mystery.

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The head of the airport expressed astonishment at the unprecedented event, highlighting it as the first instance where airport infrastructure had to grapple with such a significant fire-related challenge. As the investigation unfolds, the aviation community awaits answers, hoping to shed light on the circumstances leading to the demise of the retired Airbus A330.

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Air India’s last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA

Air India's last VVIP Boeing 747 now found a new home in USA
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In a symbolic transition marking the end of a storied chapter in aviation history, Air India bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747-400 jumbo jetliners, once revered for ferrying dignitaries including prime ministers, presidents, and vice presidents.

The sale of these iconic aircraft to AerSale, a company based in the United States, signals the closure of a remarkable era for the airline.

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The decision to part ways with the Boeing 747s was driven by practical considerations. Tata Group, the new custodian of airindia flights, deemed these majestic planes uneconomical to operate in today’s aviation landscape. As such, out of the four sold, two will be repurposed into freighters, while the remaining pair will be meticulously disassembled to harness their valuable parts.

The transaction, orchestrated by Mumbai-based Vman Aviation Services, underscores the strategic shift in Air India’s fleet management strategy under its new ownership. Tata Group’s decision to divest from the 747s reflects a commitment to optimizing operational efficiency and aligning with contemporary industry standards.

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Skytech-AIC, a UK-based remarketing firm engaged by Tata Group, facilitated the sale of these iconic aircraft, marking the conclusion of their illustrious service with Air India. The airline’s last flight featuring the Boeing 747 took to the skies between Delhi and Mumbai in March 2021, encapsulating decades of distinguished service and indelible memories.

The allure of used aircraft parts continues to resonate across the aviation sector, offering operators a cost-effective alternative without compromising on quality or performance. The transfer of these aircraft to AerSale not only ensures their continued utility but also underscores the enduring legacy of Air India’s fleet.

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A software error caused grounding the entire airline fleet

A software error caused the grounding entire airline fleet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ground stop advisory for all Alaska Airlines and subcarrier flights due to a software issue, disrupting travel plans for passengers.

The FAA directive, which prohibited the departure of Alaska Airlines mainline and subcarrier flights, was implemented as a precautionary measure following the detection of the software problem. The ground stop was initiated after Alaska Airlines encountered difficulties during a system upgrade related to the calculation of weight and balance for their flights.

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As a result, the airline opted for a temporary suspension of all its operations to address the issue and ensure passenger safety. Alaska Airlines promptly issued a statement acknowledging the incident and expressing their commitment to resolving the matter swiftly. “This morning we experienced an issue while performing an upgrade to the system that calculates our weight and balance.

Out of an abundance of caution, we requested a ground stop for all Alaska and Horizon flights, which was instituted at approximately 7:30 a.m. PT,” the statement read. Passengers affected by the disruption voiced their concerns on social media platforms, prompting Alaska Airlines to reassure them of their efforts to minimize the inconvenience and expedite the resumption of flights.

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Following approximately an hour-long interruption, the FAA lifted the ground stop order, allowing Alaska Airlines and its subcarriers to resume normal operations. However, it was clarified that SkyWest, which provides regional service for Alaska Airlines and other carriers, was exempt from the ground stop and continued its flights unaffected.

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